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1. The part of a person's body that is at the end of the arm which includes the wrist, palm, fingers, and thumb. In music, the hand is critical in the process of performing any number of instruments. The hand is used to depress valves and keys on aerophones, strum, pluck and bow chordophones, as well as strike idiophones and membranophones. The use of the word hand is most common in the performance of keyboard music with the directives of left hand and right hand.
2. The German term for hand. (f)
See more about keyboard notations in the Appendix.

See Also

[French] main (f)
[Italian] mano (f)


Last Updated: 2014-02-10 02:31:39